let the distant shores rejoice.
His lightning lights up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
-Psalm 97: 1 & 4
Have you ever trembled at the mighty power of God? In some ways we keep trying to move past a picture of God that is frightening and terrible. We want the gentle, patient, forgiving God who is full of love and compassion. God is all of that, of course. But God’s love and compassion do not in any way diminish His power and holiness. Our God is scary! We should never lose sight of His mercy or His might. For in holding both of these truths about God, we discover the truth about ourselves: we are weaker and smaller than we can imagine, but loved more than we could ever hope.